IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note Sat, 06 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Editor’s note 2/4/16 Editor’s note 2/4/16
 Often overlooked in the concern over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s obstructionism is the damage he is doing to his own agenda. Not the Turnaround Agenda, but the governor’s alleged support of ideas li...]]>
Editor's note 01/28/16 Editor's note 01/28/16
The state of the state? Confused. Illinois can’t understand how its new, inexperienced governor can continue to keep a straight face while pretending that his anti-union agenda is more important tha...]]>
Editor’s note 1/21/16 Editor’s note 1/21/16
 This week’s “Statehouse preview” cover story by Amanda Vinicky comes to you by way of Illinois Issues, the 40-year-old public affairs magazine published by University of Illinois Springfie...]]>
Editor's note 01/14/16 Editor's note 01/14/16
For those of us who don’t understand Donald Trump’s popularity, it was good to hear President Obama declare for all the world to hear that the Republican frontrunner is just wrong. In his State of...]]>
Editor’s note 1/7/16 Editor’s note 1/7/16
Of course aldermen and the mayor think they – all of them and nobody but them – are the best ones to decide on city government’s ethics, but the squabbling does not inspire confidence that anyth...]]>
Editor’s note 12/30/15 Editor’s note 12/30/15
 It was 40 years and a few months ago that a group of visionary entrepreneurs gathered in Springfield to start a weekly newspaper they called Illinois Times. They found a ready audience and, more...]]>
Editor’s note 12/24/15 Editor’s note 12/24/15
 The best thing about the holiday season is the spirit of generosity that covers the land. Church groups provide meals for the unfortunate. Charities gather coats and toys for children. Motorcycl...]]>
Editor’s note 12/17/15 Editor’s note 12/17/15
 Through the pouring rain Sunday evening people came and kept coming by the hundreds to the mosque of the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield. The event was billed as an interfaith peace vigil...]]>
Editor's note 12/10/15 Editor's note 12/10/15
In this day and age, who in their right mind would want to start up and run a police department? The Springfield Park District, by all appearances. The district already has a department, but in name o...]]>
Editor’s note 12/3/15 Editor’s note 12/3/15
 At its public “town hall” meeting Monday evening, HSHS St. John’s Hospital impressed the crowd with its openness about plans for a new medical office building and its interest in the publi...]]>
Editor's note 11/26/15 Editor's note 11/26/15
Having failed to win legislative approval for term limits, Gov. Bruce Rauner is running his own housecleaning operation. He’s appointed all three of Sangamon County’s veteran House members to staf...]]>
Editor’s note 11/19/15 Editor’s note 11/19/15
 Illinoisans are still getting to know Gov. Bruce Rauner, who seems like a friendly and compassionate man when he’s not cutting children out of day care or closing museums to the public. So it...]]>
Editor's note 11/12/15 Editor's note 11/12/15
This was the week that the ice began melting at the Statehouse. Child care cuts were largely restored. Cuts to home care for seniors were reversed. Unemployment compensation reform may be on the way....]]>
Editor’s note 11/5/15 Editor’s note 11/5/15
 When Donald Trump makes a stop in Springfield next week, he and the national media will get a glimpse of a government run by a wealthy businessman with no political experience. The state is at a...]]>
Editor’s note 10/29/15 Editor’s note 10/29/15
In a day when politicians and officeholders are often scorned, it was good to see the outpouring of honor and respect for Ossie Langfelder, the former mayor, at his funeral. Now political experience i...]]>
Editor’s note 10/15/15 Editor’s note 10/15/15
 In 1986 there were already structural problems with the big new Helmut Jahn-designed state office building in Chicago, opened just a year before. That’s when Adlai Stevenson III, the Democrati...]]>
Editor’s note 10/8/15 Editor’s note 10/8/15
 Sometimes friends get into financial or legal trouble but they’re still friends, and those troubles don’t wipe out the good that they’ve done. We and hundreds of others are sad to see Gold...]]>
Editor's note 10/1/15 Editor's note 10/1/15
It is a relief that Gov. Bruce Rauner has, at least for now, backed off from his bad decision to lay off the staff of the Illinois State Museum, but it’s crazy that he hasn’t backed off his bad de...]]>
Editor’s note 9/24/15 Editor’s note 9/24/15
 Three Springfield-area legislators told their audience at the Better Government Association “Idea Forum” at the Sangamo Club Tuesday they are as frustrated as anyone over the budget impasse....]]>
Editor's note 9/17/15 Editor's note 9/17/15
It seems almost surreal for Springfield to go on with business as usual when there is so much going wrong. The Illinois State Museum is about to shut down for no good reason, homeless shelters through...]]>
Editor's note 9/3/15 Editor's note 9/3/15
When Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed Medicaid funding for heroin addiction treatment, he kept Illinois in the dark ages while many other states are seeing the light. Roosevelt University released a study rec...]]>
Editor's note 8/27/15 Editor's note 8/27/15
Readers, be sure to take a listen to WUIS radio’s Dusty Rhodes’ reporting series “Black and White” on the racially uneven discipline practices in District 186 Springfield Public Schools. The s...]]>
Editor’s note 8/20/15 Editor’s note 8/20/15
 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources entry in last week’s State Fair Twilight Parade was a truck pulling a big trailer carrying one person. Nothing could illustrate better that the onc...]]>
Editor's note 8/13/15 Editor's note 8/13/15
Illinoisans have been lulled into thinking that once the current budget stalemate is resolved, social services will be funded. But, as detailed in this week’s cover story by Patrick Yeagle, the soci...]]>
Editor's note 8/6/15 Editor's note 8/6/15
“As the butter chills to form the State Fair butter cow, service providers and organizations across the state are melting from the heat of the state budget gridlock.” That’s the way a group of t...]]>
Editor's note 7/30/15 Editor's note 7/30/15
House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn’t being overly dramatic when he told his fellow legislators Tuesday, “We are involved in a historic struggle.” He said the House has passed four separate bills...]]>
Editor’s note 7/23/15 Editor’s note 7/23/15
 Voters always complain that political campaigns are too long, but it is in the course of a long campaign that a candidate’s true character, or lack of it, often emerges. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s...]]>
Editor’s note 7/16/15 Editor’s note 7/16/15
 In his appearance at the Presidential Library Tuesday, one of the great liberals of Illinois politics, Abner Mikva, set many of us to reminiscing as he told stories from his 10 years in the Illi...]]>
Editor’s note 7/9/15 Editor’s note 7/9/15
 Don’t close the museum, continued. The one and only public hearing on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s crazy proposal to close the Illinois State Museum is 4 p.m. Monday in Room 212 of the Capitol. Those...]]>
Editor’s note 7/2/15 Editor’s note 7/2/15
Museum watch, continued. Kids at the Illinois State Museum summer camp last week got a lesson in irony after Gov. Bruce Rauner, who proposes to close the museum, stopped by for a photo op with them. N...]]>